Parthiv Patel, the cheeky, school-boyish look wicket-keeper batsman deservedly hit the winning runs for India, while chasing a small total of 103 runs in the second innings, which India won convincingly by 8 wickets. The comeback Gujarat captain justified his selection in place of injured Wriddhiman Saha. Hitting the winning shot was an emotional moment for Parthiv as he is making a comeback after 8 long years! The little man from Gujarat scored 42 & 67* in this Test, making it difficult for Saha to make a comeback, once he is fit.
Day-4 was all about India and how long would they take to win the match. England resuming their second innings score at 78/4, lost the plot as they failed to offer any resistance to the marauding Indian bowling attack. India took turns to dismiss the English batsmen 3 in the morning session and the rest 3 in the post-lunch session. And finally, in the final session, it was all about Parthiv Patel’s pyrotechnics with the bat, as he single-handedly punished the English bowlers taking India home.
Undoubtedly, Ravindra Jadeja was adjusted the ‘Man of the Match’ for his all round performance in all the departments – batting (90 runs), bowling (2/59 & 2/62) and fielding (one catch & effecting a run out). With this win, India’s unbeaten streak in Test cricket extends to 16 matches, which justifies their numero uno status in the longer format of the game. The fourth Test will start from December 8 in Mumbai, where Kohli & co. would love to conquer the series.